2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

The new Jaguar I-Pace is the British firm's first electric car. We take a look at how much it will cost, what technology it will come with and how far it will go on a single charge...

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Darren Moss
26 Feb 2018 10:00 | Last updated: 14 Jun 2018 00:03

On sale: July 2018 Price from: £50,000 (est)

Jaguar is all about entering new markets at the moment. In 2016, it revealed its first SUV, the F-Pace, which has since gone on to become its best-selling model. The smaller E-Pace has arrived too to challenge the Audi Q3 and Volvo XC40, so now it's time for the company's first electric car.

Taking the form of a small SUV, the radical Jaguar I-Pace was previewed in concept form at 2016's Los Angeles motor show. Jaguar says that more than 350 deposits have been taken for the I-Pace already, despite the car not being shown to the public yet. The I-Pace will be revealed in production-ready form on Thursday 1 March before heading to the Geneva motor show.

Potential customers for the I-Pace shouldn't be hard to find – in fact, Lombardyexperience? readers voted the I-Pace as the most anticipated new car of 2018 at the most recent Lombardyexperience? Car of the Year Awards.

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

2018 Jaguar I-Pace engines

Power for the I-Pace comes from two electric motors, one at the front of the car and the other at the rear, making it four-wheel drive. They produce a combined 395bhp, allowing it to accelerate from 0-60mph in around four seconds – slower than the range-topping Model X P90D but significantly faster than most mainstream cars, electric or otherwise.

With an ability to travel more than 310 miles on a single charge, the I-Pace surpasses the range of the world’s only other all-electric SUV, the Tesla Model X, which can travel for up to 303 miles. Mainstream electric cars such as the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe hatchbacks, meanwhile, have ranges of 155 miles and 250 miles respectively.

Jaguar says that the I-Pace can be charged in just over two hours from a standard charging point, or to 80% of capacity in 40 minutes using a fast charger.

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

2018 Jaguar I-Pace interior

Although it sports many of the design hallmarks of other modern Jaguar models, the I-Pace looks suitably futuristic. And the five-seat interior also has plenty of wow factor, thanks to three display screens: a configurable 12in virtual instrument cluster in front of the driver, a 12in central touchscreen for infotainment and navigation, and another 5.5in screen for climate settings.

The driver also gets a colour head-up display that projects essential information onto the windscreen, while the I-Pace’s infotainment system is based on Jaguar’s current InControl Touch Pro system.

With 530 litres of storage space, the I-Pace has considerably more than conventionally powered small SUVs, such as the Nissan Qashqai and Seat Ateca. Here it’s helped by the fact there’s no engine, because it means there’s room for a second boot, under the bonnet.

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

2018 Jaguar I-Pace price

Final pricing has yet to be decided, but insiders have said it is likely to be around 10-15% above an F-Pace, meaning a starting point of about £50,000. That would make the I-Pace considerably cheaper than Tesla’s Model X, which is available from around £70,000.

The I-Pace and Model X won’t be the only two entrants in this emerging market for long. Audi is planning its own all-electric SUV, the E-tron, due later this year, while Mercedes-Benz has promised to build a similar model one year later.

Shopping around for a new electric car? Here's our pick of the best options on the market right now.

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10. Volkswagen e-Up

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

The regular Volkswagen Up is one of our favourite city cars, and this electric version is just as practical and good to drive; it feels almost entirely uncompromised by its conversion to electric power. It's just that, unfortunately, it costs twice as much as the petrol models.

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9. Nissan Leaf

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

One of the more affordable electric models on sale, the Leaf is about the same size as a Vauxhall Astra and similarly easy to drive. There are two battery options to choose from: a 24kWh that allows a theoretical range between charges of 124 miles, and a 30kWh that extends this to 155 miles. The latter is only available on the more expensive trim levels, though.

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8. Toyota Mirai

2018 Jaguar I-Pace – price, specs and release date

The Mirai is a hydrogen-fuelled car, which means that you'll need to fill it up with hydrogen at specially chosen filling stations, of which there are currently very few. It's powered by a single 152bhp electric motor and can travel for up to 400 miles between refills. We found it to be quiet and well controlled but at around £66,000 it's certainly pricey, and with limited volumes coming to the UK it's likely to be a very rare sight.

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